MACON, Ga. (AP) - About 200 citizen-soldiers from the Georgia National Guard are leaving home to train for a deployment to Afghanistan.

The Telegraph of Macon reports ( ) families of the departing troops from the 48th Infantry Brigade will gather Sunday for a send-off ceremony in Macon, where the unit is headquartered.

The National Guard soldiers are heading to Camp Shelby, Miss., where they are scheduled to train before deploying to Afghanistan in January.

Officials say the citizen-soldiers will leave Macon on buses led by a police escort. Macon residents have been invited to line the bus route to show support for the Guard troops.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, the adjutant general in charge of the Georgia National Guard, are scheduled to attend the Sunday ceremony.


Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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